Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) offered to cover $15 million of the debt accrued by Hahnemann hospital, according to a joint statement released Monday. They’re looking for matching funds from the federal government.
 
The Center City hospital is slated to close later this year, with owners claiming $300 million in debt, including $40 million to the city and state combined. The closure would cost over 2,500 jobs and create a major loss of coverage just north of City Hall.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Special City Council committee discusses gun violence solutions

Community members and officials joined members of Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention Wednesday to address the increase of shootings in the city, just as the hotter weather – which is often linked with crime surges – begins.
 
Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) called this hearing last week, following a violent weekend that saw 18 shootings across Philadelphia. One week after his district saw seven shot and one killed at a park in Southwest Philadelphia, two separate shootings on Point Breeze Avenue took two more lives. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

While members of the General Assembly finalize the state’s budget, some in Philadelphia’s City Council have expressed their desire to see more funds to help repair aging schools.
 
State and city legislators joined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to launch the Fund our Facilities coalition in March to advocate for $170 million more of financial support for the school district’s buildings. Students, teachers, and allies have argued toxic conditions are causing health and learning problems.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council addresses police social media controversy, gun violence

City Council addresses police social media controversy, gun violence

In their last session before summer recess, Philadelphia City Council passed dozens of bills and resolutions Thursday. One called for the body’s Committee of the Whole to address controversial posts made by city police officers on social media.
 
The Plain View Project reported that hundreds of current and former Philadelphia police officers made racist, misogynistic, anti-Muslim, and hateful posts on various social media outlets since 2017. Police Commissioner Richard Ross yesterday announced 72 officers are currently suspended while independent investigations continue, with others also potentially facing discipline. 
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines

Members of Philadelphia City Council Tuesday questioned members of the City Commissioner’s office on the acquisition process of the new voting machines slated to handle next year’s primary elections.  

 

Philadelphia must replace over 3,700 voting machines this year to meet the state’s new criteria for safe elections with paper-backed results. The city commissioners approved a vendor earlier this year but advocates and the city controller have sought investigations into the bidding process. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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